New Cover for ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’

Posted: August 23, 2013 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, The Art of Ventriloquism by AJ Kirby

Art of V New CoverMy crime-fiction shorts collection The Art of Ventriloquism has now been published as a paperback (after initial release as an ebook only) with a brand spanking new cover, designed by James Glassman, who won a competition on these very pages.

If you’d like to buy a copy of the book, follow this link:

And here’s a write-up:

“I’ll never forget the first thing he said to me, the way he curled all his thorny knowledge into that one barbed comment stopped me in my tracks.”

Welcome to The Art of Ventriloquism: a baker’s dozen of short, sharp, shocking crime fictions from the bloodied pen of the author AJ Kirby. The rap-sheet of crimes contained within this volume are varied: from white collar to red-collared, grisly murder. The style ranges from the hard-boiled to the comic, and all the stops between.

The crimes in The Art of Ventriloquism take place in restaurants, opera houses, space stations, prisons, old folks’ homes, on farms, in the back of limousines, and on the salesroom floor.

They’re modern morality stories, and here Kirby has become a ventriloquist, channeling the voices of the dispossessed, the victims, those who live on the margins of society…

Darkly amusing and ironic – reminiscent of Roald Dahl – these tales will amuse and delight in equal measure.

Praise for some of the stories:

‘Jodie Foster & the art of ventriloquism’: George Polley, Author: “It’s chilling; reminds me of a short story by Ray Bradbury that was so chilling that I still remember it as if I’d just put it down. A fine piece of writing.”

‘Too Many Cooks’: Judge of the ‘An Ink’ writing contest: “This is a fine story, written in what might be called “the grand manner”. As opposed to certain modern writers whose sentences are clipped and snappy, this author often conveys his meaning in lengthy, convoluted sentences. But they flow, and they work.”

The Ninth Circle Stephen Hunt, SF Crow’s Nest: “an intriguing story… which brings to mind the film Event Horizon. This tale becomes progressively darker, obscure and depressing until its culmination in a terrible event.”

‘In The Art of Ventriloquism, Kirby plays master puppeteer. These are stories which really get into your head.’ from Dead Man’s Folly Crime Fiction Reviews


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